PIQUA — Edison State Community College honored its most recent nursing graduates on May 10, with a pinning ceremony held before an audience of family and friends at the Piqua Campus.
The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in which the graduate nurse is presented to family and friends as a professional who is about to practice nursing, and the graduate is usually “pinned” by the faculty members who have worked with the students throughout their course of study.
Each college has a unique pin, which serves as a symbol of the successful completion of a rigorous curriculum, which prepares its graduates to administer to the sick and injured and promote health through the practice of nursing.
Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson welcomed friends and family members and commended those being pinned. Provost Chris Spradlin shared with the graduates why nurses are special to his family and congratulated the class. Program Administrator of Nursing Jill Bobb gave a speech praising the hard work and determination of the students, while recognizing the sacrifices made by the family members and friends who have supported them while completing their degrees.
When reached for comment, nursing class representative Nickita Malcom, of Troy expressed her enthusiasm for being pinned and noted the hard work that has gone into reaching this milestone.
“My journey through nursing school has not always been a smooth ride,” Malcom said. “I encountered bumps along the road, I was tempted several times to give up when juggling being a full-time mom, a full-time employee, and a full-time student. It started to feel overwhelming. But after surviving the first few weeks of the second semester with all of my obligations, I discovered that I was resilient and all I needed to do was persevere.”
“I consider myself blessed to be able to pursue my passion. I’m excited to get started in my new profession and I’m grateful to my family, friends, and instructors that supported me along the way.”
Each of the 37 graduates had the opportunity to submit a word of thanks to those who have made the end of this portion of their education possible, which was read as they received their pin from an Edison State nursing faculty member. Many used the opportunity to share individual stories of sacrifice and triumphing over adversity, the bonds that were formed between classmates and the deep appreciation held for the Edison State nursing faculty.
Graduates of the program will move on to the next phase of their career, which involves taking the registered nurse licensing exam and seeking employment.
Local nursing graduates include: Covington: Kendra Simon; Conover: Danelle Douglas; Ludlow Falls: Bradley Oroszi; Piqua: Tonya Forror, Kaci King, Gabrielle Maniaci, David Marion, Jodi Puckett, Rebekah Wiles, Braden Wise; Tipp City: Jennifer Fry, Abigail Love, Ashley Ruff; Troy: Nickita Malcolm, Kara Moore, John Ocampo, Rudy Talia, Penny Sykes, Heather Wagner; West Milton: MacKenzie Cook, Demetria Walker, Ashley Cottingim.
Edison State Community College’s nursing program has maintained full accreditation and approval over its thirty-six year history. In 2013, Edison State’s Associate of Nursing Degree program was granted a full five-year approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing. In 2011, the program earned an eight-year accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the highest level a program can receive.
Applications for Edison State’s Registered Nursing program are currently being accepted for spring 2018 semester. For more information about the nursing program, visit www.edisonohio.edu/programs or call (937) 778-8600.